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Independent-spending groups have trumped gubernatorial campaigns in money and media firepower

Facing a contest that has typically been labeled by most election analysts and pollsters as a "toss-up," third-party groups are pulling in millions of dollars from donors, national organizations, unions and corporations looking to tip the scale in their preferred candidate's favor. The groups' advertisements and activities have been some of the most visible of this year's campaign season.

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Dayton’s money dominates in gov race

At this stage in the governor's race four years ago, Republican Tim Pawlenty, DFLer Mike Hatch and the Independence Party's Peter Hutchinson had collected nearly $5 million in contributions, with the incumbent Pawlenty hauling in about three-fifths of that total.

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Horner faces hard road – but figures to have big Election Day impact

For the Independence Party's Tom Horner, September was a window of opportunity. He reached 18 percent in one gubernatorial poll, setting off speculation about a repeat third-party ascension to the governor's mansion; he lined up an impressive array of Republican endorsements, including those of former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson and 13 past GOP legislators; and midway through the month he was raising money at the impressive rate of $40,000-plus a day.

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Rx for Dayton: focus on education

DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton has not had a good September. The Department of Revenue estimated that his proposed tax increase on the rich would yield not quite half of the $4 billion he originally claimed it would generate; when Dayton submitted a revised budget, it got the tax proceeds right but still fell almost $1 billion of solving the deficit.

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Tea Party activism: MIA in MN?

On a Saturday afternoon in July, a dozen or so locals sat under a gazebo in Central Park in downtown North Branch. "Wanted: Karl Marx" posters were stapled to the gazebo, and a welcome sign and a waving Don't Tread on Me flag greeted members of the Old North Church Tea Party to what was billed as a candidate forum.

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Schultz’s Take: Dems should ignore Bachmann, focus on CD3

Democrats are wasting their time and money waging a futile campaign to oust two-term U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to political pundit David Schultz. The Hamline University political science professor argues that DFLers (and the media) should instead be focusing their attention on the Third Congressional District, where freshman GOP incumbent Erik Paulsen is being challenged by Jim Meffert.

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher: What’s next?

Room 15 in the Minnesota state Capitol was packed wall-to-wall with DFL activists and lawmakers the day after the primary election. They had gathered to proclaim their unity in supporting the gubernatorial bid of former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, who squeaked past House Speaker and DFL endorsee Margaret Anderson Kelliher by a mere 7,000 votes.

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Choi leads money hunt in Ramsey County Attorney contest

John Choi has raised nearly $150,000 since beginning his campaign for Ramsey County Attorney -- or slightly more than his two primary opponents combined. Among the notables who have provided maximum $500 donations to the former St. Paul City Attorney's campaign: former attorney general Mike Hatch and Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley Hubbard.

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